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Pewsey derailment - 697/2080
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 28th November 2006

Heard on the radio this morning that an enginnering train was derailed at Pewsey with no services calling there, and some services being diverted via the Melksham branch.  I dont think its had a knock on effect for any of the local services so far..


Re: Pewsey derailment - 697/2082
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 28th November 2006

Sounds like they'll be out most of the day - perhaps service are coming up through Melksham?    I'm out of town today, so can't check.  And I understand the 19:30 Plymouth to Paddinton is coming up through Melksham each day this week because the Bristol to Taunton is shut.

Come to think of it ... is via Melksham the ONLY way from London to Taunton as I write?

Re: Pewsey derailment - 697/2086
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 28th November 2006

lets hope the 17.59 from Chippenham will run.
I will let you know.

06.56 to Trowbridge ran ok this AM

Re: Pewsey derailment - 697/2095
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 28th November 2006

17.59 was cancelled they ran a bus.

11 got off at melksham

3 remained on the bus

1 got on at Melksham

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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